Nickerson State Park, Brewster

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Nickerson State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area of more than located on Cape Cod in Brewster, Massachusetts. The state park's sandy soil and scrub pines surround many kettle ponds which are dependent on groundwater and precipitation. The largest of these are Cliff Pond (the largest at across), Flax Pond, Little Cliff Pond, and Higgins Pond. Ruth Pond, Keeler's Pond, Eel Pond and Triangle Pond provide additional water habitats.HistoryThe land comprising the state park was once part of the estate of Samuel Mayo Nickerson (1830-1914), an area native and Chicago liquor distiller who made a fortune as one of the founding officers of the First National Bank of Chicago. In 1890, Nickerson built Fieldstone Hall on land overlooking Cape Cod Bay, a mile west of the present-day park, to be the home of his son Roland C. Nickerson, Roland's wife Addie, and their three children, Roland Jr., Samuel, and Helen. Fieldstone Hall was lost to fire in 1906, and a larger mansion was built on the same site. That building subsequently became a seminary and is now a major feature of the upscale resort known as Ocean Edge.Shortly after Fieldstone Hall burned down, Roland Nickerson died at age 51, his death at the time being ascribed to his heartache at the loss of his home and personal possessions. His son, Roland Jr., a naval lieutenant, died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. In 1934, Addie Nickerson donated that portion of the estate on the south side of Route 6a for use as a "state forest park." It became the Commonwealth's first state park and was named in honor of her late husband and late son.
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  • We only spent a few hours here, but it was obvious from the # of campers that it was a popular place. Accessible right from the bike trail, which we loved. A little bit of hilly climbing while you bik...  more »
  • We rode our mountain bikes here on the cape cod rail trail in search of some single track. The paved trails through the park are beautiful and very little traffic. They pass around many ponds and thic...  more »
  • Stopped for a break while on the Cape Cod Bike Trail...nice places to sit and clean bathroom facilities available... great biking trail!  more »
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  • The park is clean and has a few bike paths and hiking trails. It has two big ponds where you can swim or kayak. Water is very clean and warm. Great for kids to spend an afternoon there. Bring your own kayak if you has one as the rental is kind of pricey - $25 for half hour. Bathroom and shower house are clean as well.
  • This is a wonderful state park! Great camping sites spread over seven areas. Two swimming/boating ponds. Great staff. My family has camped here nearly every summer for twenty years.
  • What a great place to stay on the Cape! A few years I've been coming here and can never tire of it. You can sit and relax in the nice forested setting, walk the trails, swim in the ponds... Rent a boat to sail around Cliff pond, ride a bike on the 8 mile bike trails, just enjoy nature! Also centrally located on the Cape, there are all the other options available only a short car drive away.
  • Awesome floating, water is very clear and clean! No fish smell. This is a great place for younger kids as the water is shallow for a good distance. It gives them plenty of room to play. This is fresh water with sandy beaches. Fantastic day!
  • Mostly we enjoyed having a place to camp on cape cod so we could visit the National sea shore and surrounding area. The Park is nice but we are from PA and our State parks are wonderful and have us spoiled. The children really enjoyed your playground and beaches.
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